Te Raekura Redcliffs School is a state funded primary school, situated in the beautiful coastal suburb of Redcliffs, Christchurch. For over 100 years the imposing cliffs of Redcliffs surrounded this idyllic school. However, all of this changed when the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes struck. The school buildings were damaged, making the school inoperable. The cliffs around the school were so unstable that the site was closed permanently.
Since then, the school’s future has become a matter of national interest. With the government constantly threatening closure, the school’s board and community supporters fought to keep it open, moving it to several different temporary locations between 2011 and 2020.
Their resilience paid off on June the 22nd 2020 when over two hundred children made national news as they walked through the gates of their new purpose-built primary school, right in the heart of Redcliffs.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Adern officially opened the school on June the 25th, two years after receiving a presentation from Redcliffs students at parliament in Wellington.